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the potomac a little bit of snow, but mostly rain. areas from the district north and areas shaded in blue, 1 inch to 3 inches in total. these are just estimations. there are no huge numbers there because this will not be a huge storm. it will intensify after it moves away from our area. snow begins overnight, 30 to 35 degrees. we will keep a close eye on things. tomorrow morning, our sister channel news it will have extended storm coverage for you all morning long. >> abc 7 newstune into wjla.com.
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>> our sister station news channel 8 will have strong what coverage all morning tomorrow. tune in at 6:30 a.m.. >> let's move on to breaking developments in the showdown over the fiscal cliff. we are four days before the deadline. top congressional lawmakers wrapped up a meeting with president obama at the white house. among the leaders, republican house speaker john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. harry reid and nancy pelosi were there. steve chenevey live on capitol hill right now. >> that meeting at the white house lasted just a little more than an hour. they started at 3:10 and were done by 4:15. no major decisions were made. president, reportedly telling congressional leadership, if you do not have a better plan than i do by now, we need to get to voting on my plan. the clock is still ticking in advance of monday night's deadline. frustration being felt not just
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inside the capitol, but i constituents outside as well. >> i am a little worried about the future as well, for my kids mostly. >> it is a popular thought outside the capital. >> there is an understandable frustration. >> chris van hull and is hopeful a deal can be reached by tuesday, although it will likely be a smaller deal that addresses only the major parts of the fiscal cliff from taking effect. >> we have got to get on a larger agreement, to make sure we sustained a very fragile economy, tried to get it to move faster, and deal with the long- term deficit. >> those decisions may not happen until 2013. a smaller deal would be temporary, sending congress back to work on the details next year. >> i am not ok with them waiting six months or year kick to get things done. >> jake sherman of "politico"
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predicts that we will go over the cliff. >> we will not see the government shut down our people not be able to pull money out of banks are things like that. >> still a tough sell for constituency growing tired of the political back-and-forth. >> let's get some things set in place and up and running. >> 1 line of thinking on the hill -- there are many -- if we do go over the cliff that would reset all of the tax issues suchissues. what we do know, the clock is ticking and the waiting game continues, with the house not even scheduled to be in session until sunday afternoon. live of the capitol, steve chenevey wjla. >> will monitor all the negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff.
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coming up at 5:30, a closer look at how the country got in this financial situation in the first place. >> we're learning more tonight about a robber turned police pursuit that ended with a vehicle crashed into a metro bus. happen at the intersection of wheeler and southern avenues in southeast washington. >> that accident happening here at this intersection of wheeler road and southern ave. it is a very busy intersection. it happened very early this morning. authorities say this all began much, much earlier. >> this is the scene at southern avenue and wheeler road in southeast d.c. after police say this stolen car slammed into a metro bus. >> at what point will they realize that you need to think about what you do before you do it? in the end you can hurt somebody. >> police say early this morning the suspects stole the
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car in landover and began stealing items out of cars and a number of different locations. she believes she was one of the victims of the early morning crime spree. she says her purse was snatched out of her back seat was vacuuming her car at this northeast gas station. >> they grabbed it just that fast. >> she says she gave police the tag number. police later spotted the car in oxon hill and twice attempted to pull the car over. authorities say both times the car fled. authorities say the driver then lost control, crashed into this white car before running into the bus. several people, including the driver of the car and the bus were injured and taken to the hospital. >> the only thing i could think was i'm glad it did not pull a weapon on me, and take my vehicle and my pocketbook for me. -- from me. >> to understand two of the
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suspects were also injured. according to authorities all three suspects are in police custody. authorities tell us at this hour charges are pending. reporting live, brianne carter, wjlaabc 7 news. >> a serious accident in rockville. a multi car crash and caused a major traffic problem during the middle of the day. police say these four people were taken to the hospital. >> the loudoun county sheriff's deputy behind bars after a fight with a friend. 49-year-old robert degroot has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. the deputies said that ca man told them that degroot assaulted him while he was working on the home. >> to the police -- county
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police releasing a picture of a carjacking suspect antoine mciver. the7900 four people, including a 12-year-old, have been >> one of the region's largest gun shows opened. two weeks after the tragedy in newtown. the gun show is happening at the dallas expo center, which is where northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg is live tonight. >> this is the ninth year of the gun show here in chantilly. organizers expect a crowd here to be far larger than any that have had in the past. take a look around. it is hard to even walk in this room. in the two weeks since the town,
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and sales have increased dramatically. -- newtown, gun sales have increased dramatically. >> ask anyone attending this show -- >> it is a fear. >> the fear of being helpless. >> fear of congress reviving the assault weapons ban in the wake of the new town school shooting. >> i think as long as a talking about legislation, people keep coming and buying guns. >> well antiques and collectibles are popular, gun dealers say sales of assault rifles and ammunition have never been better. >> sales are out of this world. >> he says gun owners are stocking up before politicians can put a new bill on the table. >> there is a lot of blame to go around. it is not the gun. it is the person doing bad
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deeds. >> gun-control now. >> members of the anti-gun group code pink that arrestedare here pushing for an assault weapons ban. a few loud voices surrounded by many who simply do not want to hear. >> i thought that once 20 white 6-year-old and 7-year-old, congress would have acted immediately. what are they waiting for? >> the state of virginia, private gun vendors can sell a gun to anyone they want without a background check. licensed gun dealers have to put a potential buyer three background checks, which is a fairly quick process administered through the state -- through a background checks, which is a fairly quick process administered through the state. live in chantilly, jeff goldberg, abc 7 news. >> police arrest a bank robbery suspect at the dupont circle
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metro station, all caught on camera. a local woman took a photo of the rest and put it on her twitter page. a man robbed the wells fargo bank and then tried to escape on the red line headed for silver spring. officials held with the train so they could catch the suspect. >> let's get to the store that just about everybody is talking about, sunday night showdown between the redskins and cowboys. for the redskins, it would be the first provision title in 13 years. >> they're getting ready to watch the virginia tech game. come sunday night, it will be all redskins all the time. it is what everyone in washington, d.c. is talking about, that big game on sunday night. from flags to even the family pet, the burgundy and gold is everywhere you look these days. at the vienna inn, these die-
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hard fans are sharing some lunch and getting psyched to go descending at's game. >>-- sunday night's game. >> it is all have been thinking about all week. dream about it broke out in ashburton, it is the silver and blue -- about it. >> out and ash burtonin ashburn, it is the silver and blue. they have never been to a redskins versus dallas game. now it is all they can think or talk about. >> i cannot wait to share with her -- i would not want to share with anybody else. [laughter] >> i am the type that will not watch the game. i have to close my eyes if it is a tight game.
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>> local bars are hosting watch parties. bailey's in balstonlston says it will be their biggest night. >> a lot of people are on pins and needles. that game is not for another 48 hours. if you are going to the game, you should know that they're going to open things early. in parking lot at 3:30 the gates at 5:30. metro will stay open an hour late. if you still want to buy a ticket, it costs anywhere from $500 to $800. standing room only, $300. >> thanks, suzanne. our sports director is also on top of everything related to the redskins and will have more coming up on sports. we've just gotten word that
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president obama is going to be coming out to comment at 5:45 on the fiscal cliff. we will have live coverage of that. also, storm watch. what's coming up how road crews are preparing for the winter weather. >> how you can join beyonce at the super bowl. >> marilyn monroe and the fbi secret files. >> and horrifying attack inside a police station.
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>> we are following breaking news coming from albany, new york. a jet bound for dallas from albany turned around after smoke was reported in one of the restrooms. an airport spokesman said united flight 3739 landed safely just after 3:30 this afternoon. there were no injuries. a frightening sequence of events today in a police station in southern new jersey. the man being processed for a domestic violence charge should taken inside injuring three police officers.
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>> the latest on the unfolding investigation. >> police in new jersey said paramedics race to police headquarters around 5:30 this morning, responding to reports of gunfire. authorities say it started when a man was brought into the station on domestic violence charges for "an officer was viciously attacked in our police headquarters and was disarmed. the suspect attacked the officers and unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the officers. the officers responded with quick and decisive action and engaged in armed assailants, fired repeatedly. >> this woman who lives across the street from the station describes the early scene. >> i saw them throw somebody into an ambulance. it was very quick. and then taking off very quickly. >> the surgeon was shot multiple times, including at least one time in his chest which was stopped by his body armor. another sergeant was shot once in the abdomen and suffered a
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grazing gunshot wound to his head. >> the two other wounded officers were graced by bullets and taken to the hospital. it is the latest attack this week. on christmas eve new york, a deadly trap. jones worked for the department of corrections. he was brought in to the police station after being arrested for stocking his ex-girlfriend. abc 7 news, new york. >> will remain on storm watch. tonight we have learneda christmas day blizzard caused widespread damage to power lines. now freezing rain could delay
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restoration efforts even longer ago we could be getting light stuff here. -- longer. >> we could be getting light stuff your. >> it does not look like a major storm. the storm will intensify once it gets passed our area. a little bit of snow, mostly rain. let's get to it. this up at the greens in southern frederick county. a beautiful day. temperatures slowly dropping now through the 30's. another three, 4 inches in ijamsville. right now skies partly cloudy. temperatures have dropped the past few hours because of the clear skies and the sunset. 36 now in ijamsville. 39 was the high temperature. loudoun county, a high of 40 degrees. as the cool off in the evening, we have the potential for the
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temperatures to be close to freezing. the will be imported as we had overnight. 38 degrees at reagan national airport. 36 degrees in gaithersburg and martinsburg. this area is under a winter weather advisory starting at 3:00 a.m. tomorrow morning until 6:00 p.m.. this is the area where there will be the most snow fall. this is because of the storm system and the way it is moving and temperatures spread will favor these areas you she see shaded in purple. it will be cloudy night here. the timing will be about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. this is the way it looks now with moisture. a few rumbles of thunder through the mid south and seeps out. -- deep south.
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one area of low pressure and a secondary one of the baltimore coast. it is going to move off shore before it rapidly intensifies. that is why we do not expect a major storm. 6:00 a.m. according to this computer model snow should include your all across the area. -- shaded in blue all across the aera. mostly rain south east of town. the only effect this will have to shut off precipitation and bring in gusty winds on sunday. will keep a close eye on this. as we get to the next 24 hours or so, perhaps an inch or so of snow. mainly rain issues we will be dealing with here. colder air north and west. temperatures just above freezing. snow will hang tough for a good portion of the afternoon before it moves out late in the afternoon and evening.
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1 .tomostly rain southern and eastern suburbs. will be in the 30's tomorrow after precipitation ends in a windy, a cold day. sunshine, 40 degrees on new year's eve. another chilly stretch. maybe by the end of next week, another storm to watch. a very active winter pattern as we enter the new year. >> a big change from last year. >> tonight's abc 7 prime-time kicks off with the return of an entrepreneur looking for a deal on "shark tank." "shark tank" begins at 8:00. and at 9:00 p.m., "back to the beginning of." be sure to join us for abc 7 news at 11:00. >> to former abc favors may be coming back from the dead.
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>> "one life to live" and "all my children" may be coming back to life. >> we're watching developments in the late breaking fiscal cliff top. how the nation got to this point in the first place. >> the nation members an american hero. >> we're waiting for the president to speak on the fiscal cliff about 5:45 tonight.
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>> as we stand by for an update coming from the white house on the fiscal cliff from president obama in 20 minutes, we're getting word that senate leaders have offered last-minute bipartisan talks in an effort to reach a deal. we expected her an update on that about 20 minutes. >> the nation is remembering the life of an american hero, retired general norman schwarzkopf has died. he is best known as one of>> tonight scott thuman looks back at his life. >> in 1990, norman schwarzkopf was a little-known u.s. army general looking towards retirement. the west point graduate and decorated officer for his service in vietnam he spent his
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entire career in the army. when a rack's dictator saddam hussein invaded neighboring kuwait "stormin' norman" became a household name. as the leader of the u.s.-led international coalition that quickly drove iraqi forces out of kuwait, schwarzkopf achieved rock star status. he returned from the persian gulf in national hero and was awarded the medal of freedom. >> he was a leader, and motivator. he got a lot of things done. he was an extremely compassionate man. >> after retirement, he declined offers by both parties to run for political office. >> president george h. w. bush is today statement, saying he epitomized the duties that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation tour most trying international crises. barbara and i mourn the loss of a true patriot and one of the
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two military leaders of this generation. general norman schwarzkopf was 78. politically speaking, he never showed any interest in running the office. he often played down the label of euro. in his later years, he seemed most proud of his work with children's charities, saying, it is nice to feel you have a purpose. scott thuman, abc 7 news. >> corporate tonight for local families looking to adopt children from overseas -- heartbreak tonight for local families looking to adopt children from overseas. >> how you could join beyonce at the super bowl. president obama scheduled to speak on the fiscal cliff 20 minutes from now. woody has to say, live when it happens. -- what he has to say, live when it happens.
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>> you are watching abc 7 news at 5:00 with leon harris, alison starling, chief meteorologist doug hill weather and to grant, sports. this is abc 7 news at 5:00, on your side. >> remain on storm watch. >> the spec back to doug hill for a look at what we can expect. -- let's give back to doug hill
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for a look of what we can expect. >> maybe about an inch in the metro area. let's get to it here and check out our storms can. here comes the rain. moisture will come into this air mass we have. that will start this know about 3:00 this upcoming saturday morning. we're on a winter weather advisory beginning 3:00 a.m. in the areas should in purple. our timeline shows the snow beginning around 3:00 a.m.. it will slowly mix with the rain north, south, and east of the city. about an inch or so in the dc metro area, a little bit more in the blue area, the heavier amount in higher elevations further north and west. southern and eastern suburbs of virginia and maryland, probably a little snow at the beginning. a lot more on what to expect in a few minutes. >> highway kreuz gearing up for trouble and preparing for
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problems in light of the forecast. horace holmes is live with this angle of our storm watch. >> i know you heard it over and over again. bridges and overpasses like this one behind me freeze first. that is what the crews are focusing on right now. as the clouds darken this afternoon over the washington area, snow crews were out working. trucks sprayed de-icing chemicals on bridges and overpasses in anticipation of the colder weather and snow headed our way. >> it is been a while since we saw a big snowfall. right now forecasters are predictinn't predicting another snowmageddon. those of us who live here have learned to prepare for anything. >> get the show already, and just wait and see what happens -- shovel ready, and just wait
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to see what happens. >> she is already lining nativities -- lining of activities for young children. for now, kreuz increws are just waiting for the snow to fall. >>all the jurisdictions in our area said it finished up the prep work. then they will send out an army of the salt trucks and plows tomorrow morning when the snow starts. reporting live in southeast horace holmes, abc 7 news. >> let's take a look at the other top stories. a robbery turned police pursuit that ended with a vehicle crashing into a metro bus and d.c. it happened near the intersection of wheeler and southern avenues in southeast. several people, including the
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driver of the car and bus, were taken to the hospital. >> one of the region's largest gun shows is happening now at the dulles expo center. it runs until sunday. this happens to weeks after the newtown tragedy. gun sales are reportedly very brisk. >> present obama scheduled to speak at 5:45 this evening about the latest on the fiscal cliff. this comes just hours after he met with congressional leaders at the white house. when he speaks, will bring it to you live. >> speaking of the fiscal cliff showdown, the issue impacts all this. some of you may not be familiar with how we got into the situation in the first place. it started during a different presidency in a different era in our country's history. it started with president george w. bush in 2001. >> now we pass a bold package of tax relief for america's families proposed tax cuts were set to expire in 10 years. when it came time, the u.s. was
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emerging from the worst recession since the great depression. lawmakers extended the tax cuts. >> both houses have passed a package of tax relief. > republicans say no higher tax rates on the rich. no tax hikes on anyone. >> we need to start cutting spending now. >> and a separate debate during 2011 republicans demand the government reduce its deficit as a condition for raising the nation's pulse of debt ceiling. a last-minute compromise, both sides agreed to trillions of dollars in spending cuts and another $1.20 billion in cuts to be decided by a special congressional supercommittee. if the supercommittee cannot reach a deal automatic across- the-board cuts would go into effect starting january 2013.
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the exact moment when those extended bush tax cuts would expire. going over the fiscal cliff could send the economy into another recession. this is a live look from the white house. present obama is expected to speak in just a few minutes from now. as soon as he speaks, we will bring it to you live. "one life to live" and "all my children" may be coming back. >> new information about a mexican vacation marilyn monroe took 50 years ago. >> how do they get a chance to dance with beyonce on super bowl sunday. >> where drugs were found a local airport an
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turning now to entertainment news. bentz will have the chance to join beyonce on stage of the upcoming super bowl. -- fans will have the chance to join beyonce on stage of the upcoming super bowl.
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50 people along with a friend will be selected to join the singer on stage. >> did your submission ready leon. -- get your submission ready leon. [laughter] the company prospect parka well-known soap actor tweeted denied that he has signed on to play his longtime "all my children" character. filming could begin as early as february. >> a new twist in the fbi's investigation into marilyn monroe. the agency has reissued files
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revealing actions. a large section of the files focuses on monroe's trip to mexico and her emerging friendship with frederick vanderbilt. the bureau issued a new version of the associated press made a request for details. >> virginia lawmakers want to abolish the gap tax. president obama scheduled to speak on the fiscal cliff in just a few minutes from now. we will have a good night. here
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>> present obama expected to speak about the fiscal cliff in a minute now. the president with congressional leaders at the white house. as soon as mr. obama arrives to the podium, will bring it to live. >> there is heartbreak tonight for hundreds of american families were trying to adopt children from russia. their dreams were dashed. >> latimer cutin signed a bill into law banning adoptions by american families. -- vladmir putin signed a bill
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into law banning adoptions by american families. >> this blanket were to go with us for a trip to russia. >> the room was ready. the four year-old special needs child is currently in a russian orphanage. >> she is beautiful. she is so bright and full of life. we want to be able to share that with her. >> their adoption might be in jeopardy. russian president vladimir pugin just signed a law banning americans from adopting -- putin just signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. it goes into effect january 1. the state department issued this caution, saying, we're for the concerned about statements that adoption already underway may be stopped.
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the national council for adoption estimates as many as 1500 u.s. families may now be in limbo. 46 of them like this ohio family have been into russia and met the child they have been matched with. >> we're hopeful that negotiations can take place that did not put kids in the middle of politics, but prioritizes kids. >> for this family, it is literally wait and see. friends and family have been raising money website. >> we go to bed with her picture at night. we promise her we're not going to forget her. >> and frederic, roz plater, abc 7 news. >> nelson mandela is out of the hospital and back home. his granddaughter's given up it on his health and addressed the rumors that mandela is close to death. >> he is 95, after all. once in awhile he needs medical care and medical attention. we are very grateful, because it
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is surrounded by the best medical team. he is very well taken care of and he is very comfortable and happy. >> the 94-year-old mandela spent three weeks in hospital for gallstone surgery. >> because for so proposal but make virginia the first state to get rid of the tax on gasoline -- a controversy all proposal that would make -- controverisal ersial proposal that would make virginia the first state to get rid of the tax on gasoline. >> man in michigan says he was thinking of the golden rule when he jumped into a freezing like to rescue a dog. during an afternoon walk with his owner, and 11-year-old walker account wondered away and fell through the eyes on lake erie. only his two front paws captive from sinking all the way in. his owner called 911 and his cousin. when because now arrived on the scene, that man risked his life
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to go inside the water and save the dog, getting himself stuck in the process. >> i was not thinking. i wanted to rescue a friend of the family. i was talking to him, trying to keep him warm. try to get some blood flowing to his buddy. >> they were both rescued out of the freezing water. animal control officials say the aside from being cold, the dog was not hurt. >> can you imagine? >> no, i ca nnot. -- cannot. >> let's take a look at what is coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00. >> let me guess, the fiscal cliff. >> [laughter] >> how did you know? we will have the latest on the frustrations and fears concerning the fiscal cliff. a worker strike affected businesses across the country has been averted for now. -- that
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details coming up, all new at 6:00. >> if you're headed out tonight you'll be fine. in the overnight hours 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 in the morning is when the snow will move in. it is rain mostly showing in green. larger areas of snow developing now in parts of the midwest. all this moving in our direction overnight. in winter weather advisory goes about 3:00 a.m. a large area, but not the city or southern or eastern suburbs. the area in blue denotes the snow. the light blue is very light snow. a little purple mix, and then the green is rain. we're on track forecasting snow north and west of the city. mostly rain south and east of the city before wraps up in the afternoon.
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by the time it wraps up, we may see an inch or so in the metro area. to adjust to4 inches it will turn wendy and a lot cooler the day on it will turn wendyindy and cold on sunday. next seven days shows a sunny and cold new year's eve, a cold new year's day with a chance of a few showers. let's go live to the white house with president obama. >> for the past couple of months, i've been working with leaders of both parties to try to forge an agreement to build our economy and shrink the deficit. the ballast planned and cut spending in a responsible way that would also ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. i still want to get this done.
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it is the right thing to do for families, our businesses, and our entire economy. but the allure for immediate action is here. -- hour for immediate action is here. in just a four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. it would be bad for middle-class families, and it would be bad for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if the act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion here in the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent the tax hike on the middle class. i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senators reid and mcconnell are
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working on such an agreement as we speak. but if an agreement is not reached in time, between senator reid and senator mcconnell, i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for and getan up or down vote, one that extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities, as long as those leaders allowed to actually come to a vote. if members of the house of the senate want to vote no they can. but we should let everybody vote. that is the way this is supposed
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to work. if we get a majority in the house, we can get a majority in the senate, and should be able to pass the bill. obviously patience is thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you cannot get stuff done in an organized timetable. why does it always have to wait till the last minute? we are at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patients for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. the economy is growing but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs. the housing market is recovering but that could be impacted if folks are seeing smaller paychecks. the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008. but already nursing businesses
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and consumers starting to hold back -- you are seeing businesses and consumers starting to hold back. economists, business leaders of all think we're poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington cannot get any of america's progress. we have got to get this done. -- do not get in the way of america's progress. we have got to get this done. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing an agreement. given how things happen working in this town we always have to wait and see until it actually happens. the one thing the american people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action. if we do not see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor, and i asked senator
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reid to do this, put a bill on the floor and make sure that taxes on middle-class families to not go up, the unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people, and that lays the groundwork for additional deficit-reduction and economic growth steps we can take in the new year. but let's not miss this deadline. that is the bare minimum we should be able to get done. and it should not be that hard. democrats and republicans both say they do not want to see taxes go up on middle-class families. i just have to repeat. outside of washington, and nobody understands how is that this seems to be a repeat pattern, over and over again. ordinary folks, they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down and discuss things and then things happen.
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if there are disagreements they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership cannot do the same thing is mindboggling to them. it needs to stop. i modestly optimistic an agreement can be achieved. nobody's going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure the middle class families and the american economy and the world economy are not adversely impacted because people cannot do their jobs. thank you very much, everybody. >> president, there was some tough talk after woodies said were constructive meetings with republican talk after what he said was constructive talks. -- obama there with some tough talk after what he said was
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constructive talks. the presidential inauguration is fast approaching. >> the white house released new information about the inauguration. >> monday, june were 21st, 2013 the president and first lady will share a dance celebrating his second inauguration. the events will be scaled down from 2009, when there were 10 official presidential balls. this time there will be two. the commander in chiefif you want to go to that ball, a select number of tickets will be made available for sale to people who register online. the head of the presidential inaugural committee writes, by holding a smaller number of inaugural balls and a central location, we're continuing a more than 200-year-old tradition will reducing the burden on local law enforcement and security personnel, as well as
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d.c. residents. city officials expect 600 to 800,000 visitors, but much less than the estimated 1.8 million who packed a mall on a frigid january mall onin 2009. this time, tourism officials say rooms are still available. if you get a ticket to the ball you can probably make in out out on the town. tickets will be a made available on a first-come, first-served basis. there is a limit of two per person. you have to register online ahead of time to find out when they are on sale. we have a link on wjla.com to get to the page where you can be notified about when they go on sale. kris van cleave, abc 7 news. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> we begin tonight on storm